Too late for Norris the Rubberman, alas | Brief letters

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The reference to “the vanity of the bonfires” (Letters, 5 November) with regard to Lewes bonfire was amusing and apt. But the reality of sitting here with a shaking, terrified dog after enduring hours of sound effects redolent of a war zone is an annual torture for those many Lewesians who do not find this archaic, redundant nightmare any fun at all.
Mary Jackson
Offham, East Sussex

• Grimsby’s Kasbah has been placed on the heritage risk list (Report, 8 November), but it is too late, alas, to save Norris the Rubberman, the Pasture Street shop that sold all manner of rubber goods from trawler gloves to nose flutes (I still have mine) but strangely, for a port, no condoms.
Rick Hall

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